Updated: Staff and contributors share their Royal Rumble predictions
Jan 26, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
Weekly TNA Impact Wrestling reporter Jason Graening (The Starman)
– Rhodes Scholars over Team Hell No
– Alberto Del Rio over Big Show
– CM Punk over the Rock
– Antonio Cesaro over the Miz
– John Cena wins the Royal Rumble
Weekly WWE Main Event reporter Kevin Hensley
Team Rhodes Scholars will beat Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championship, to tease failure of the “Anger Management” course Team Hell No took.
Alberto Del Rio will retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Last Man Standing match against The Big Show, setting up for Del Rio/Ziggler BEFORE WrestleMania.
John Cena will win the Royal Rumble, as much as I hate to admit it, looks like we’ll see the “Once in a Lifetime” match…again
The Rock will win the WWE Championship from CM Punk, but it’ll be a lengthy battle.
Antonio Cesaro will retain the WWE United States Championship against The Miz, I see no reason to end his awesome title reign.
News contributor Wes Adamson
Daily This Day in History columnist Jamie Cruickshank
Team Hell No vs. Rhodes Scholars
I don’t think Rhodes Scholars have got the momentum for a title run yet. I’m giving this one to Hell No, but I see Rhodes Scholars standing tall at the end somehow
Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
I sincerely hope Cesaro retains, but that little voice inside my head says that Miz is going to pick up the win here.
Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big Show
Regardless of the result, I think this might be Ziggler’s time. Del Rio retains then Ziggler cashes in
CM Punk vs. The Rock
This is the first time in a long while that I have been truly intrigued by a WWE Title match, so much so that I’m going to give two predictions.
a) If Rocky can commit to a schedule through to Mania, he picks up the win
b) If he can’t, Punk retains through interference from The Shield
I stress that this is most definitely not what I want to happen, but it is what I think will happen. John Cena.
Hot Tag Podcaster Adam Kelly
Team Rhodes Scholars def. Team Hell No (c)
Alberto Del Rio (c) def. The Big Show
The Rock def. CM Punk (c)
Antonio Cesaro (c) def. The Miz
Dolph Ziggler wins Royal Rumble
Raw Reporter and Royal Rumble play by play recapper Brian Jaso
Rhodes Scholars via pinfall to win the titles. Not Cleanly
Alberto Del Rio Clean victory t retain
Antonio Cesaro via pinfall. Retains
Royal Rumble- John Cena and Ziggler last two. Cena wins to go on the Mania to face Rock.
The Rock cleanly over CM Punk to become WWE Champion. (I really hope I’m wrong on this one)
Blogger and news contributor Mike McMahon
* Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) (c) vs. The Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes)
The Rhodes Scholars act is catching on, and it’s time for them to get
some hardware. Team Hell No is an act that can survive without the
Winners: The Rhodes Scholars
* Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show
Del Rio just won the belt, and I don’t see him giving it back.
Winner: Del Rio
* 2013 Royal Rumble match
Sort of an off-the-wall prediction, but I could see Ziggler cashing in
MITB earlier in teh night, losing it, and then winning his title shot
back in the Rumble to challenge Del Rio at ‘Mania, especially after
the angle they setup Monday with him entering 1 or 2. This could be
his moment to shine. Enter at 1, then go through the entire Rumble.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
CM Punk (c) vs. The Rock
Winner: The Rock
Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
Cesaro has some momentum and I like the way they’re building him up
with a slow build. No need to take the steam out of the engine just
yet. Besides, is Miz’ run as a babyface working out?
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Smackdown recapper Brian Leeman
The Miz vs Antonio Cesaro
Miz has been doing great for himself as a face but I feel it’s too early in his run to give him a belt and Cesaro is doing wonderful with the US title. I see this going Cesaro’s way but it’s a little disappointing it’s not on the main card. Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Team Hell No! vs Rhodes Scholars
I can see this one going both ways. Gonna give this one to Hell No because they seemed to have just bridged their problems with each other. However I can see Rhodes Scholars winning the belts in the near future. Winners: Team Hell No
Big Show vs Alberto Del Rio
Too early to end Del Rio’s reign and he’s doing quite good as a face. Plus come WM time I think Big Show should be putting over a face and he doesn’t need the belt to do so. Winner: Alberto Del Rio
The Rock vs CM Punk
This one is tough. Most of all I’m just hoping this ends up being the classic that it has the potential to be. I see The Rock winning the belt here but it won’t be the end of Punk’s night…Winner: The Rock
The Royal Rumble Match
This year’s Rumble doesn’t have a clear favorite. I was thinking about Sheamus for a repeat, but I just don’t see it. Maybe Ryback? Nah, probably not. My guess is that CM Punk loses the title to Rock, gets into the Rumble in a last minute decision and wins the Rumble, solidifying a rematch come Wrestlemania.
News Reporter Steve Likoski
1). Daniel Bryan and Kane to retain against Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
2). World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio to retain against Big Show
3). WWE Champion: CM Punk to retain against The Rock – maybe with the
help of Brad Maddox
4). United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro to retain against The Miz
5). Royal Rumble Match: John Cena to win,